POTENTIAL NEW PLANNING LAWS TO ENCOURAGE ONSHORE WIND FARMS

Government advisers say new regime may be needed for wind farms. The Coalition should consider new planning legislation to ensure national priorities on carbon reduction are translated into sufficient onshore wind farms, Government advisers have signalled. That’s the stance of the independent Committee on Climate Change which has published a review of the administration’s renewable energy aspirations.

The CCC has identified onshore wind schemes as one of the cheapest low-carbon options for meeting the UK’s carbon targets. The committee said that over six gigawatts of new onshore wind capacity could be added in the 2020s.

It stressed that planning approval rates for onshore wind have historically been low (i.e. under 50 per cent) and the period for approval long (e.g. almost two years) and suggested there was a case for central Government decisions to support the imperatives of its carbon budgets “possibly under new planning legislation that explicitly sets this out”. Further details can be found at http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/general/news/stories/2011/may11/12may11/120511_2

I meantime NPower are progressing a planning application on a 15 Megawatt wind farm on one of WebbPaton’s clients farms close to Milton Keynes. Further details on Orchard Way Wind Farm at Hill Farm, Haversham can be found atwww.rwe.com/web/cms/en/584696/rwe-npower-renewables/sites/projects-in-development/wind/orchard-way/the-proposal/

George Paton of WebbPaton would be happy to discuss any farm wind sites whether it is micro wind turbines or wind farms

WEBBPATON ADVISES CLIENTS ON STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT LAND PROMOTIONAL AGREEMENTS

WebbPaton have been busy in 2011  aiding owners of strategic potential development land around the edge of Swindon and the market towns of Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.  Despite the recession WebbPaton have been able to negotiate favourable terms for their farming clients with various builders and investors.    For more details speak to George Paton.

RENT REVIEWS WHAT SHOULD I BE PAYING

With rising arable prices and high commodity prices for livestock farmers Landlords agents are serving rent review notices.   To find out what rent you should ben paying contact  Mark Webb at WebbPaton.

FARM ENERGY PRODUCTION – NEW FEED IN TARIFF RATES

Thinking of using your farm property to produce solar, wind, hydro, biomass, or biogas electricity or been approached a energy farm developer?  There are two things you need to help you

1) Knowledge of the income potential from Feed in Tariffs and Electricty sales?  A very good  website explaining FITS can be found at http://www.fitariffs.co.uk/eligible/levels/

2) A good independent agent to help you with the agreements you sign.

WebbPaton have a great deal of recent experience with Energy Farms Contact George Paton.

FUTURE BUILDING LAND IN OXFORDSHIRE VERY POPULAR

WebbPaton have recently negotiated a number of Development Land Option Terms on farmland in  four different Oxfordshire villages  on behalf of our farming clients.  Currently village sites for between 10 to 30 dwellngs are being sought throughout Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, and Berkshire.  The Vale of White Horse District Council is currently calling for sites to meet it’s draft Interim Housing Land Supply policy.  This is looking for village sites throughout the Vale of the White Horse.  If you are a landowner with suitable development land please ring George Paton.

DEFRA CONSULTATION ON CAP REFORM OPEN

DEFRA is seeking views from (English) farmers, environmental groups, rural communities, non-governmental organisations and other interested parties on how these proposals may impact those directly affected by the CAP.This discussion paper invites views on the European Commission’s recently published Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Regulatory proposals for the period 2014 – 2020, this consultation ends on 5th March 2012

The proposals may have significant potential impacts for English stakeholders and include a proposed replacement for the Single Payment Scheme, revised rules which will guide the next Rural Development Programme in England, and new initiatives such as ‘greening’, ‘capping’ and a dedicated ‘small farmers’ scheme. A reduction in the number and detail of the current Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions and Statutory Management Requirements are also proposed.

Negotiations have now commenced between all 27 member states of the European Union to discuss the detail of the regulatory proposals and the European Parliament has started consideration of the proposals. Defra is seeking the views of interested parties to help inform the UK negotiating position, which also takes account of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland interests.

It will be some time before the proposals are finalised and for the first time, in relation to CAP reform proposals, agreement between the European Commission and the European Parliament is required under the ‘co-decision’ terms of the Lisbon treaty. The Commission and Council have an ambition to secure agreement by the end of 2012 to allow implementation on 1 January 2014. However, as with all other elements of the proposals, this will form part of the negotiation. Further consultation and assessment of the impact of implementation will be carried out at the appropriate time.

Further details can be found at www.defra.gov.uk/consult/2011/12/12/cap-reform-1112/

DEFRA CONSULT ON NEW NVZ RULES

A DEFRA consultation on the Implementation of the Nitrates Directive in England 2013-2016 is now open until 16th March 2012.  this will shape the future of Nitrate Vulnerable Zones and farm pollution rules across the Country.  Further details of this Consultation can be found at www.defra.gov.uk/consult/2011/12/20/nitrates-directive/



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